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Mai Dhai

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Years active  1960-present
Genre  Jazz
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Genres  Marwari and Sindhi folk music
Members  Mai Dhai, Jamal Shab, Muhammad Fakir
Nominations  Lux Style Award for Song of the Year
Associated acts  Atif Aslam, Saif Samejo, Karam Abbas Khan
Similar  Atif Aslam, Sara Haider, Saif Samejo, Qurat‑ul‑Ain Balouch, Gul Panra

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Mai Dhai (Urdu: مای دهای‎) is a Pakistani classical folk singer hailing from Tharparkar, Sindh. She formed a folk-band called Mai Dhai Band composed of Jamal Shab, a harmonium player and dhol player, Muhammad Fakir. Mai and her band has performed in US at SXSW Music 2015, where her music style was met with extravagant positive response. She rose to prominence on national television after appearing as a featured artist in eight season of music series Coke Studio.


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Background and career

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Mai belongs to the Muslim Langha tribe of Manganiar origin from Rajasthan, India. Her mother was a well known singer of her tribe from Jodhpur. After the independence of Pakistan in 1947, Mai settled in 'Haveli' Umerkot, Sindh Pakistan. At the age of ten, she started her music training from her mother. In 2013, She appeared in Lahooti Live Sessions a Live Music Sessions to promote Indigenous Music Sufi/Folk music, musicians, instruments among masses specially youth which is produced by the band The Sketches. She rose to fame after performing in Lahooti Live Sessions. In March 2015, as a part of DubMC collaboration with the US embassy in Pakistan and Foundation for Arts, Culture and Education (FACE) at SXSW Music 2015 Global program, Mai performed in New York City at Graduate Center of City University. In an interview with Broadway world, she said, "I have confidence in my voice and the culture I come from," she states. "Things around here are getting stricter, especially when it comes to a woman singing on stage. I am the only women from the Manganiyar Tribe who has performed on a big stage But I am hopeful that things will get better, maybe for the next generation. And as long as my voice is with me I will keep singing."

The Sketches & Lahooti Live Sessions help Mai Dhai to appear in Coke Studio Pakistan. In 2015, she debuted in the eight season of Pakistani music reality television series Coke Studio, where she sang two songs including "Aankhaṛli Phaṛookai" and "Kadi Ao Ni with artists Karam Abbas Khan & Atif Aslam respectively. Mai's appearance with Atif on Coke studio was received well by critics and viewers.

Before appearing in Coke Studio, Saif Samejo of The Sketches collaborated with Mai, in an interview with Express Tribune he said, "The style in which Mai Dhai is performing on Coke Studio is her natural style, whereas we have tried to incorporate our style of music into hers, so that it retains its original Rajasthani flavour while also sounding like a dialogue between us.” She sang two songs with the band.


Mai Dhai Funoon London Song of the Week Kadi Aao Ni by Mai Dhai amp Atif Aslam
  • "Doro" (with Saif Samejo) The Sketches (Lahooti Live Sessions) (2013)
  • "Moriya (with Saif Samejo) The Sketches (Lahooti Live Sessions) (2015)
  • "Sarak Sarak" - Mai Dhai Band
  • "La Gorey" - Mai Dhai Band
  • "Aankhaṛli Phaṛookai" (with Karam Abbas Khan) - Coke Studio Pakistan (season 8)
  • "Kadi Ao Ni" (with Atif Aslam) - Coke Studio Pakistan (season 8)
  • Filmography

  • Ho Mann Jahaan - "Sarak Sarak"

  • Mai Dhai Mai Dhai Artists Season 8 Coke Studio Pakistan


    Kadi Ao Ni
    Sarak Sarak


    Mai Dhai Wikipedia

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